With all the energy its name suggests, New Museum presents a fresh window into the forefront of the global art scene. After thirty years without a permanent space, it’s now laid roots in a fantastically distinctive downtown Manhattan building that won designers Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, and has injected a cultural boost into the district.
Long admired for its avant-garde approach to contemporary art and new ideas, we applaud the New Museum for its flexible attitude, exhibiting up and coming artists as well as those already in the limelight. If you’re in town, head to one of the regular opening night parties, full of downtown hipsters who really encapsulate the essence of New York’s art scene.
The New Museum’s public programme, New Silent, keeps an eye on how contemporary art engages with technology. The museum’s own digital archive sets the standard in the museum online experience with more than 6,000 exhibition images and a searchable database of more than 3,700 artists, curators and institutions.
A wonderful, community collaboration Hester Street Fair market, this café takes dishes and produce from local vendors, and combines them into the perfect one-stop destination to discover these fabulous small local food artisans. Those with a sweet-tooth can’t go wrong with Melt’s ice cream sandwiches, and caffeine aficionados will love McNulty’s fine teas and coffees, but really, there is something for everyone, making this one of the very best museum cafés in New York City.
The New Museum’s shop takes a refreshing twist on museum merchandise. The books are very well selected, and these are for sale alongside limited editions produced in collaboration with artists. The willing and helpful staff will order items in for you if they don’t have it in stock. The pricing can be seen as a negative, but we feel the high prices accurately represent the quality you’ll receive.
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